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100 Days Of Obstruction: Dems Unhinged Anger Towards President Trump

- April 26, 2017

After Losing The Presidency, Democrats Fuel Protests, Stomp Feet, & Shout Nasty Rhetoric


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Democrats have pledged to "resist" the Trump Administration at every moment, fueling nasty political discourse and hurting efforts at bipartisanship.
  • This negative political discourse toward the Trump Administration has caused the left to forcefully act out in opposition to the new administration.
  • Some Democrats have gone as far as to call for the impeachment of the President, and have shown that they will never validate the new administration as legitimate.

SOME DEMOCRATS REFUSED TO EVEN PARTICIPATE IN THE PEACEFUL TRANSITION OF THE PRESIDENCY

A Historic Number Of Democrats Refused To Participate In The Peaceful Transition Of Power, Citing The Need To Resist And Obstruct

Some Democrats Refused To Attend President Trump's Inauguration, Sending A Message Of "Resistance At The Outset Of Trump's Presidency." "A steadily growing number of congressional Democrats are refusing to attend Donald Trump's inauguration, sending a message of resistance at the outset of Trump's presidency. It's less clear, however, what exactly that message is, and whether it will do the Democratic Party much good as it attempts to find its way in the Trump era." (Clare Foran, "Why Some Democrats In Congress Refuse to Attend Trump's Inauguration," The Atlantic , 1/19/17)

  • Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) On Why He Won't Attend: "I Think It's Important For Those Who Love America And Love Our Democracy To Resist." "'Trump is absolutely trying to attack our democratic institutions and to make the country more authoritarian,' Democratic congressman Ted Lieu from California said in an interview, citing what he described as Trump's attempts to undermine the free press, and barrage of attacks against anyone who criticizes him. 'Those are authoritarian actions, and I think it's important for those who love America and love our democracy to resist,' he added." (Clare Foran, "Why Some Democrats In Congress Refuse to Attend Trump's Inauguration," The Atlantic , 1/19/17)
  • Representative Mark Takano (D-CA) On Why He Won't Attend: "You Need More Than A Technical, Legal Win Of The Electoral College To Lead Our Country." " 'The legitimacy I question really is more about his moral legitimacy,' Democratic congressman Mark Takano of California said, citing Trump's criticism of Lewis over Martin Luther King Day weekend. 'You need more than a technical, legal win of the Electoral College to lead our country ... you need a certain amount of moral authority, and respect from the citizenry,' he added." (Clare Foran, "Why Some Democrats In Congress Refuse to Attend Trump's Inauguration," The Atlantic , 1/19/17)
  • Representative Al Green (D-TX) On Why He Won't Attend The Inauguration: "I Will Not Attend The Inauguration Because Conscience Says It Is The Right Thing To Do." (Daniella Diaz & Eugene Scott, "These Democrats Aren't Attending Trump's Inauguration," CNN, 1/17/17)
  • Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) On Why He Won't Attend The Inauguration: "…An Individual Act, Yes, Of Defiance…" "My absence is not motivated by disrespect for the office or motivated by disrespect for the government that we have in this great democracy, but as an individual act, yes, of defiance at the disrespect shown to millions and millions of Americans by this incoming administration, and the actions we are taking in this Congress." (Daniella Diaz & Eugene Scott, "These Democrats Aren't Attending Trump's Inauguration," CNN, 1/17/17)

CBS News : "A Total Of 62 Congressional Democrats Have Announced They Will Not Be Attending The Inauguration -- As A Protest Against The President-Elect Or In Support Of Lewis." (Emily Schultheis & Catherine Reynolds, "Which Democratic Lawmakers Are Skipping Donald Trump's Inauguration," CBS News , 1/19/17)

  • Representative John Lewis (D-GA) On Why He Won't Attend The Inauguration: "I Don't See This President-Elect As A Legitimate President." " 'You know, I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It will be hard. It's going to be very difficult. I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president,' Lewis said in an excerpt released Friday." (Rebecca Shabad, "Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis Trump Isn't A 'Legitimate President'," CBS News , 1/13/17)
  • Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) On Why She Won't Attend The Inauguration: "On Inauguration Day, I Will Not Be Celebrating. I Will Be Organizing And Preparing For Resistance." " 'Donald Trump has proven that his administration will normalize the most extreme fringes of the Republican Party. On Inauguration Day, I will not be celebrating. I will be organizing and preparing for resistance,' she said Thursday in a statement." (Daniella Diaz & Eugene Scott, "These Democrats Aren't Attending Trump's Inauguration," CNN, 1/17/17)
  • Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) On Why She Won't Attend the Inauguration: "I Never Even Contemplated Attending The Inauguration Or Any Activities Associated w/@realDonaldTrump. I Wouldn't Waste My Time." (Maxine Waters, Twitter Feed , 1/15/17)

DEMOCRATS HAVE FUELED A "RESIST" MOVEMENT

Democrats Have Pledged To "Resist" At Every Step

Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Minority Leader Of The House Of Representatives: "Where We Can Engage, We Certainly Will…We Must Stand Our Ground. We Must Resist." (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi In Town Hall Meeting, CNN, 1/31/17)

Tom Perez, DNC Chair: "…We Will All Be Able To Say: The United Democratic Party Led The Resistance, Ensuring That This President Was A One-Term President And [That We] Elected Democrats Across This Country…" (Tom Perez Elected DNC Chairmen Press Conference, CNN, 2/25/17)

  • Tom Perez: "January 20th Was Undeniably An Important Day In This Country, But January 21st Was Far More Important Because The Resistance Took Over." (Sam Quarkers, "DNC Chair Tom Perez Rants That Donald Trump Didn't Win The Election," YouTube, 3/31/17)
  • Tom Perez: "They Marched All Over The World And Said, 'Donald Trump, You Don't Stand For Our Values…Donald Trump You Didn't Win The Election.'" (Sam Quarkers, "DNC Chair Tom Perez Rants That Donald Trump Didn't Win The Election," YouTube, 3/31/17)

Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT): "Taking On Trump Is Going To Require, In My View Both A Defensive Approach And An Offensive Approach." (Bernie Sanders, Twitter Feed , 2/1/17)

  • Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT): "What Our Goal Is To Rally Millions Of People At The Grassroots Level To Stand Up And Say No To Trump's Ugly Ideas." (Bernie Sanders, Twitter Feed , 2/1/17)

Hillary Clinton: "Let's Not Be Distracted. Let's Continue To Stand Up, Organize, Resist, Put Forth Good Ideas To Improve The Existing System & Peoples' Lives." (Hillary Clinton, Twitter Feed , 3/24/17)

Members Of The Left Rioted During President Trump's Inauguration

Members Of The Left Couldn't Fathom How President Trump Won The Presidency So "On Inauguration Day - Jan. 20 - 230 People Were Arrested And Charged With Felony Rioting." (Phil McCausland, "More Than 100 Inaugeration Day Protesters Indicated On Rioting Charges," NBC News , 2/8/17)

  • NBC News "…Four Businesses Were Vandalized And Sustained 'Significant Damage,' Demonstrators Lighted A Limousine on Fire, And Six Police Office Suffered Minor Injuries After Protesters Set Fires And Threw Rocks, Bricks, Trash Cans And Other Small Objects." (Phil McCausland, "More Than 100 Inaugeration Day Protesters Indicated On Rioting Charges," NBC News , 2/8/17)

Members Of The Democrat Establishment Have Formed "Activist" Groups: "Far From Sulking, OFA Activists Helped Organize Anti-Trump Marches Across US Cities, Some Of Which Turned Into Riots." (Paul Sperry, "How Obama Is Scheming To Sabotage Trump's Presidency," New York Post , 2/11/17)

Indivisible Resistance Movement: "Together We Have The Power To Resist, And We Have The Power To Win." "If progressives are going to stop this, we must stand indivisibly opposed to Trump and the Members of Congress (MoCs) who would do his bidding. Together, we have the power to resist - and we have the power to win." (Indivisible Team, "Indivisible: Practical Guide For Resisting The Trump Agenda," Indivisible , 3/9/17)

  • Indivisible: "Reaffirm The Illegitimacy Of The Trump Agenda…By Objecting As Loudly And Powerfully As Possible…" "Reaffirm the illegitimacy of the Trump agenda. The hard truth is that Trump, McConnell, and Ryan will have the votes to cause some damage. But by objecting as loudly and powerfully as possible, and by centering the voices of those who are most affected by their agenda, you can ensure that people understand exactly how bad these laws are from the very start - priming the ground for the 2018 midterms and their repeal when Democrats retake power."

(Indivisible Team, "Indivisible: Practical Guide For Resisting The Trump Agenda," Indivisible , 3/9/17)

DEMOCRATS EVEN DISCUSSED THE IMPEACHMENT OF DONALD TRUMP

Democrats Look For Reasons To Impeach President Trump Not Even 100 Days Into Presidency

Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA): "Get Ready For Impeachment." (Maxine Waters, Twitter Feed , 3/21/17

Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) On Impeachment Possibilities: "Trump's Actions So Far 'Legitimately Raise The Question Of Impeachment.'" (Eric Bradner, "Democratic Divisions On Display At DNC Debate," CNN , 2/23/17)

Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) On Impeachment Possibilities: "When And If He Breaks The Law, That Is When Something Like That Would Come Up…" (Maya Rhodan, "This Democratic Congresswoman Keeps Bringing Up Impeachment, Time , 2/6/17)

Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) On Impeachment Possibilities: "'…Try To Get This Administration To Function Like Any Other Administration In The Past…Clearly, One Of Those Remedies Is The Power Of Impeachment.'" (Charlotte England, "Democrat Congressman Discusses Impeaching Donald Trump In US House Of Representatives," Independent , 2/14/17)

Democrats Continue To Use Nasty Rhetoric Against President Trump

Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA): "'President' @realDonaldTrump: You Truly Are An Evil Man. Your Job Is To Help Americans. Not Intentionally Try To Destroy Their Lives." (Ted Lieu, Twitter Feed , 3/25/17)

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): "Calling On Donald Trump For Help Is Like, If Your House Is On Fire, Calling An Arsonist To Come Help Out." " Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, told Stephen Colbert on CBS' 'The Late Show' that the economy is in 'real trouble' and 'calling on Donald Trump for help is like, if your house is on fire, calling an arsonist to come help out.'" (Catherine Treyz, "Warren Knocks Trump On 'Late Show,'" CNN , 3/31/16)

Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA): "Ignore His Sideshow Meltdown. Trump Is A LIAR Who'll Say & Do Anything To Distract From Questions About His #KremlinKlan Ties To Russia." (Maxine Waters, Twitter Feed , 3/6/17)

Elizabeth Warren Even Recently Compared President Trump To North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un . "On Wednesday's episode of 'The View,' Elizabeth Warren ran with a comparison between President Trump and North Korea's dear leader Kim Jong Un. When the topic of North Korea came up during her guest spot on the ABC program, the Massachusetts senator said that 'we know that [Kim Jong Un] is an unstable man who has nuclear weapons…' 'You're talking about Trump now,' joked Joy Behar. Warren ran with this comparison, concluding that Trump is '[an unstable man who has nuclear weapons] about to deal with an unstable man who has nuclear weapons. What could possibly go wrong?'" (Mike Raust, "Elizabeth Warren Compares Trump To Kim Jong Un [VIDEO]," Daily Caller , 4/19/17)

DEMOCRATS "RESIST" MOVEMENT IS HARMING THE FUNCTION OF GOVERNMENT

Before Even Nominations Occurred, Democrats Vowed To Stall Trump's Appointments

Senate Democrats "Vow[ed] To Stall" The Cabinet Nomination Process. "Senate Democrats are vowing to stall action on eight of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees tasked with carrying out his economic, law enforcement and regulatory agenda, a senior Democratic aide told CNN Monday." (Ted Barret and Deirdre Walsh, "Democrats Target 8 Cabinet Nominees Threaten To Drag Out Process," CNN , 1/2/17)

CNN: "All Ten Democrats On The Senate Committee Tasked With Considering President Donald Trump's Pick To Lead The Environmental Protection Agency Boycotted The Meeting To Vote On Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt." (Dan Merica & Ashely Killough, "Democrats Boycott Pruitt's EPA Confirmation Hearing," CNN , 2/1/17)

Democrats Committed To Slow-Walking Trump's Nominees And Asked For Two Days Of Hearings For Select Cabinet Nominees, And To Hold The Confirmation Hearings Of Just Two Nominees A Week. "But Schumer has told McConnell that he wants at least two days of hearings for each of these eight nominees, including at least one panel made up of witnesses that can speak to the pick's past record, aides said. At each hearing, members of the committee would get at least 10 minutes to ask questions, with no limits on multiple rounds of questioning, if requested. Democrats also want hearings for each of these eight nominees to be held on separate weeks, with no more than two Cabinet picks sitting for a hearing in the same week." (Ed O'Keefe, "Here Are The Eight Trump Cabinet Picks Democrats Plan To Target," The Washington Post , 1/1/17)

The Plan Was "An Unprecedented Break With Senate Tradition." "Democratic senators plan to aggressively target eight of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees in the coming weeks and are pushing to stretch their confirmation votes into March - an unprecedented break with Senate tradition." (Ed O'Keefe, "Here Are The Eight Trump Cabinet Picks Democrats Plan To Target," The Washington Post , 1/1/17)


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